Today I had my annual routine physical. It was a little early, since my first visit was last November, but the blood-work that was used was from last summer. So rather than have this visit (originally scheduled for the end of May) as just a follow-up to check my blood pressure, I requested that it be my annual physical. (My insurance pays for those in full!)
So (you might be thinking), what was my blood pressure at the office visit? It was still high...170/90 (approx.). Ugh!! I did bring my home BP monitor with me to the visit. I then immediately checked it on mine. It was still high...157/102 with a pulse of 91. (Can you believe the bottom number? I never have problems with that number!) So they had me sit in a chair with my arm relaxed on the table while I waited for the dr to come in. I then had him check it again. It was better, but still high...in the 150 range for the top number. I then retook it with mine again...as a comparison. This time it was right in line with the doctor's reading...149/96 (way high for that bottom number, again) with a pulse of 84. (What is up with that pulse? I was just sitting there!)
This is so unlike what my readings have been. I explained that to my doctor. In fact, I had checked my BP about an hour or so before the office visit this morning. The average of 3 readings was 112/69 with a pulse of 60. That's usually what my readings are now. Sometimes the top number is in the 120s (occasionally the 130s depending on what I've been doing), but NOTHING like what it was at the doctor's office.
So...since he was able to see that I am monitoring my BP AND that my monitor was right in line with their office reading, he wants me to just keep an eye on it. If I see it increasing, I am to call the dr's office. (Thank God for a BP monitor that saves your readings in it's memory!) No more BP follow-up visits and no BP medication!! Yay!
Doc was impressed with my progress so far with my weight loss (60 pounds since my initial visit in November). I told him about SP and what I had been doing. He simply instructed me to keep up what I was doing.
Last thing: blood work. They were able to take it right at the office...since I hadn't eaten yet. Now I just need to wait to see what my numbers are. He did indicate High Blood Pressure on the test order to be sure that they checked certain things (electrolytes, potassium, cholesterol, not sure what else). I can't wait to find out that all are in the "normal" range. Last year I remember one thing that was of a little concern was that my good cholesterol was low. My bad cholesterol was fine. My doctor told me that exercise increases the good cholesterol. I'd imagine that my levels are much improved over last year!!
They say that some people just get so nervous at the dr's office, their readings are always high @ the office. Below is a link to a Wikipedia entry about White Coat Hypertension (aka White Coat Syndrome).
Who knew? Funny thing was, I didn't FEEL like I was nervous or anything (although I was REALLY wanting my BP reading to be normal). I could feel that my pulse seemed faster, but that was it. Well, that's over now...'til next year!